Top 5 Salt-N-Pepa Jams We're Still Feelin'

By: Kyle McCann

March 28, 2017

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Salt and Pepa's here, and they're in effect. Perhaps the most famous female hip hop group in music history, Cheryl "Salt" James, Sandra "Pepa" Denton, and Diedra "DJ Spinderella" Roper are celebrating 3-plus decades of creative, thoughtful, and empowering music.

While they're off doing their own things and performing together on occasion, we're reminiscing about some of their jams that we still know all the words to. So, in honor of the trio's success, here is our list of the top 5 Salt-N-Pepa songs.


"The Show Stoppa (Is Stupid Fresh)" -- Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986)

Rap beefs are a standard part of hip hop, but not too many rappers would start one on their debut album... or go right to the top of the food chain to start one. But that's exactly what Salt-N-Pepa did with this song, which was an unabashed shot at Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick and their track "The Show." 



"Push It" -- Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986)

Despite not having much actual rapping in it, this song pretty much launched the group's career. Strong, powerful woman talking about what they want is what the group would eventually be known for, but it all started with the line, "Yo, yo, yo, yo, baby-pop
Yeah, you come here, gimme a kiss. Better make it fast or else I'm gonna get pissed."



"Shoop" -- Very Necessary (1993)

The song itself has experienced a bit of resurgence recently, but let's be honest, it never really went out of style. It was on of the group's most successful singles and helped very Necessary go on to sell over five million copies.



"I'll Take Your Man" -- Hot, Cool & Vicious (1986)

For most rap purists, this is arguably Salt-N-Pepa's greatest track. Five minutes of fire as an imaginary foe is warned that if she crosses this legendary trio, they'll snatch her man up in a heartbeat.




"Let's Talk About Sex" -- Blacks' Magic (1990)

Not only was this one of their most commercially successful songs, but it was also one of their important songs. It was pretty rare in 1999, especially in the world of hip hop, to hear a song about safe sex, the positives and negatives of sex, and censorship, let alone to hear it from the perspective of females.



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